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Nov 19, 2006 11:06 PM

Taiwanese breakfast in Chinatown?

I was wondering if anyone knew of a place that services typical Taiwanese breakfast cuisine? This would include soybean milk, fried dough (you tiao), sticky rice rolls (fan tuan), scallion pancake with egg (dan bing), etc. I know there are a few places in Flushing, but it would be quite difficult to travel to Flushing with my friends on the weekend (7 is always local then) to get Taiwanese breakfast. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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  1. Well, there is an express, sort of:

    LIRR on weekends offers "city tickets" that has to be purchased on the day of travel, but is $3 one way anywhere within city limits. You can get to FLushing,Main Street (on the Port Washington Line) from Penn Station in about 20 minutes. Trains leave from Penn at 14 mins and 44 minuts after the hour, which was improved from just one train per hour before.

    Otherwise, from my probably-outdated-memory, in Manhattan there was Empire Sichuan and China Fun that had shaobing youtiao, doujian. Empire Sichuan had(has?) Fan tuan, and dan bing (pancake with a fried egg)...I just haven't been to either, nor places in Manhattan's Chinatown because Flushing's choices and qualities are better.

    1. Closest I could think of is Coluck in the chinatown arcade.

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      1. re: csw

        Coluck is the only place I think too. Its better in Flushing. You know they got a shuttle bus for $2 that goes to Flushing from NY Chinatown if you really need the fix and coming from NY.

        1. re: designerboy01

          where is coluck? surprised i've never heard of it

          1. re: Lau

            There is one walkway in the middle of elizabeth street between Bayard and Canal Street. You can also enter on bowery street between elizabeth and canal street. If you are walking from the elizabeth street entrance it will be on your left. They got a hodgepodge of american style and chinese style dishes there. Its more homecooking (not in my home). They do have salty tofu soup there.

            1. re: designerboy01

              ohhhh that place, i've been there before, it was okay, maybe i had the wrong was like one of those diners in hk that serve american style breakfast, but it has semi-chinese stuff too

              i thought it was called #1 something it says like di yi something on the sign i cant remember

          2. re: designerboy01

            Really? Where does it leave from?

            Now when do we get the express bus from Brooklyn?

            1. re: NancyC

              There are two lines. One leaves on Division Street on the Confucius Plaza side of the street. Its close to Bowery. You will see a bus. If you are not Asian or do not speak their dialect just walk up to the bus and say the word Flushing. You pay when you get off the bus. I'm not sure if its $2 or $2.5, but you can see what people pay as they get off the bus and the bus driver will give you change. The van stops by the parking lot off from Main Street near the library. Its down the street from the Starbucks on Main Street. The second van leaves further down the block on division street and market street. It goes to Fluhsing but I'm not sure where it stops in Flushing.

              There are vans all over Chinatown that goes to different parts of brooklyn. They stop at various places on Canal Street and other parts of Chinatown. I'm not familar with these anymore.

              There use to be one van that goes from Flushing Chinatown to Sunset Park Chinatown, for around $3 or $4. I'm not sure if its still there anymore. But you can just ask any bus driver or you just say Brooklyn and see where they will point you.

              1. re: designerboy01

                Thanks so much for the detailed info!

        2. I feel your pain and . . . nothing comes to mind! dang.

          1. I guess I was right that there are no restaurants in Chinatown or in Manhattan that serve this breakfast! I guess, I will have to invite my friends to Flushing. Hopefully we will be able to make it out there soon. :) Nothing will compare to Taiwan's breakfast. How I miss it!

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            1. re: teresa

              hey btw, so where do you go for taiwanese breakfast in flushing? the place I really liked closed a few years ago and I keep hearing about king 5 noodle but any other choices? I saw this in the village voice; any recs?


              1. re: bigjeff

                I usually go to King 5 Noodle in Flushing. It's on Prince Street right by Spicy & Tasty. The restaurant you are talking about is called "Nan Bei He" in Chinese. I've been there for regular dinner a few times, but I don't remember anything I ate there. My parents tell me the same owners own both King 5 Noodle and K & L. I guess their food should be comparable. I enjoy King 5 Noodle because they have great scallion pancakes and noodles. :)

                1. re: teresa

                  what are the cross streets of nan bei he on? my friend told me to try it, but i just remembered i haven't been there yet

                  1. re: Lau

                    Well, I just mapped it on Google Maps and it's Main Street and 40th Road. It's only on one side of Main Street.


                2. re: bigjeff

                  There's a place in Flushing Mall's food court that serves sweet soy milk, salty soy milk, crullers, sesame cakes, rice balls, buns, etc. The actual place is called 永和之家, House of Yun Ho. It's decent, and the amazing selections in the mall can't be beat... but still a far cry from what you can get in southern California.

                  I think Flushing's Taiwanese food is much better than Manhattan's Chinatown. In the past, we've tried China Fun and several of the other places mentioned above, but have always been disappointed.

                  BTW, what type of schedule do those Chinatown-Flushing shuttle buses run? What about nights, late nights, or weekends? Thanks!

              2. "sticky rice rolls (fan tuan)"
                I could be mistaken, but I had something that approximates this description at the older Chatham Restaurant, the one with the old diner-style counter on the left where you walk
                in. Not having seen them anywhere else, I had to have one. I'm guessing that, if this is indeed the "fan tuan" that you describe, there are better versions of it out there somewhere, but I liked it.

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